Scott Horton Interviews Grant F. Smith

Scott Horton, October 14, 2010

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Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses the Israel-Palestine peace talks that exist only as a U.S. midterm election political sideshow, the quick and effective legal solution to the problem of excessive Israel-lobby influence, the pattern of generous treatment toward spies Marc Rich and Ben-Ami Kadish that could mean a Jonathan Pollard pardon is in the works and why learning the identity of super-spy “Mega” isn’t very important while Congress regularly performs the same role.

MP3 here. (27:11)

Grant F. Smith is the author of Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy, America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government and Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal. He is a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale and Voice of America’s Foro Interamericano. Smith has also appeared on BBC News, CNN, and C-SPAN. He is currently director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

15 Responses to “Grant F. Smith”

  1. The only explanation for Israel's impunity which makes sense to me is that it is, as someone once said, "The US unsinkable aircraft carrier in the ME." i.e. it serves the purpose of US imperialism, like one of those lawless frontier towns/forts in 'Wild West' days.

    It is a massive military base capable of quick strike on any country in the region which does not toe Washington's line … which currently is focussed on Iran.

    I just do not believe that Israel is dragging the US into attack, but rather almost the other way round – modified by being like an attack dog kept on a leash, until the time is ripe.

  2. Plus the cheap oil concessions to US in Saudia arabia, kuwait, UAE help finance Israel's hardware at the tune of $3 to $10billion per year. That's cheap for a military base that's financed by resources from the same region!!

  3. Scott, you mentioned CIA employees not liking Jews. I honestly don´t think there are that many Americans who really like them or care one way or the other. During the 60s and 70s the people in the south were always complaining about the Jews in the North East and how they were ruining the country. It would be interesting to see the results of a good survey on this matter.

    Keeping this in mind, I have this horrific feeling that Jews are actually being set up as escape goats for the collapse of the US economy. I cannot imagine members of Congress or the White House taking blame – an escape goat would be very, very handy for the scoundrels taking the country down. America is armed, but who can they shoot when their world falls to peaces? Think of how, during the good times, easy it has been to get Americans angry or hating other peoples. Now, with the pain accompanying an economic collapse, it would be very easy to point their fingers and get the population riled up against a seemingly obvious culprit. Our leaders will have to give explanations to the people – who do they blame?

    There are very few contingencies our government doesn’t plan for, and this might actually be one of them. But it doesn´t require planning, the circumstances are being built up every day by the likes of APAIC. I am very concerned for American Jews.

    For years after WWII Americans use to proudly say; “It could never happen here.” in reference to the Holocaust – I never believed that.

    Scott, you don´t have to print this if you feel it could do some harm – I just wanted to get the thought over to you. Keep on with your interviews and efforts, they are greatly appreciated.

  4. gerry – It's a complete myth that the US supports Israel because they serve some strategic interest f the US. The US has only ONE interest in the Middle East and that's oil and the Arabs were very happy to be on good terms doing business with the Americans before Israel came along and spoilt it all. In the 1920s the Al-Sauds were happy with their relationship with the US and were very disappointed when the US then supported the creation of Israel – even back then the Elders of Zion had a pernicious manipulation of US politics. If the US had never supported the creation of Israel the Arabs would have been happy to sell the US all the oil they wanted.

  5. AARP is no longer a lobby. It's an insurance corp. Only thing it thinks about now is selling insurance to old people. Doesn't give a FF anymore about legislation that hurts seniors.

  6. The United States doesn't need Israel as an aircraft carrier. Philip Giraldi wrote an excellent piece on this idea a few months ago. We are closely allied with Egypt and Jordan. We sell weapons to Saudi Arabia. We have a military presence in Iraq, Qatar, and numerous other Arab countries. Why would we need Israel?

    However, according to Walt and Mearsheimer, 50% of the individual contributions to the Democratic Party come from American Jews. Politicians assume this is pro-Israel money. The US is pro-Israel because of campaign money, pure and simple. By the way, I am not blaming "the Jews" for this state of affairs. I am blaming our greedy, gutless representatives in Washington, most of whom are NOT Jewish.

  7. 30% are
    and Sharon once said" we control America"…

  8. You're naive. If our congressmen are afraid to speak up for of lack of funding and out of fear of destruction of their reputations and we're not allowed to talk about it on our networks, if journalists like Helen Thomas are cut down after 60 years in journalism, then Israel is a decided negative for the USA.

  9. I'm pretty sure he said "Israelis", not Jews as such, but I'll listen again. It's quite a distinction to make, they're not the same thing. That would be a pretty dumb thing to say, after all.

  10. I agree with you about the myth. I happen to believe that it is an evil group of individual who happen to operate behind the view of the public. In 1913 the USA changed to electing senators, passed the income tax and create the Federal Reserve Bank. Then after an exploring military move into Mexico got involved in WWI which changed the world order. This evil who operates in the shadows are the problem and it is not any one country. I operates without rules and it starts wars for profit. It is pure evil and it has nothing to do with religion. We are doomed unless some how they get control of this evil group. Just think if you have a 9 years old and think about if he or she will be in combat in 7 years to keep the war for profit going.

  11. "Scott, you mentioned CIA employees not liking Jews"
    - Yes, I listened again, and your statement is false. Scott didn't say this (he generally knows what he's talking about). The beef is with Israeli intelligence officers and agents (Mossad), referring to a Phillip Giraldi article stating that Mossad agents tend to be very brazen and arrogant in the US. Conflating this with "the Jews" is not helpful. Sorry to nitpick…

  12. Orville is absolutely correct. The great U.S. slinks around like a whipped cur dog when anyone dares to criticize Israel. One minor correction, though. True, Jonathan Pollard is a traitor and a despicable person, but the real villains are the cowards, traitors, mentally deranged, ignorant whores in the U.S. Congress. There may be 6 people at the very most in the U.S. congress who should not only be thrown out of congress but tried and imprisoned for treason.

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  14. Sharon never said any such thing — Hezbollah radio made the claim with no evidence.

  15. Here you go Ben Franklin:

    On October 3, 2001, I.A.P. News reported that according to Israel Radio (in Hebrew) Kol Yisrael an acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet weekly session last week between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Peres warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and "turn the US against us. "Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying "don't worry about American pressure, we the Jewish people control America."

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